Whether you’re newly engaged, tragically single, already hitched or apathetic about the marriage thing altogether, face it—you’ve at least pictured what a wedding in the Italian villa of your dreams could look like: warm, romantic summer light, expansive countryside or coastal views and the smell of fresh flowers and lemon trees every time the wind gently blows your hair. Yeah, it’s basically the pinnacle of nuptial bliss. Let these five gorgeous villas be all the more inspo you need to make your fantasy a reality, because (bonus!) whether you’re planning to get married or not, all of these properties can be rented for a vacay with a big group of friends.
IL SALVIATINO IN FIESOLE
This stunning, 44-room villa overlooks Florence from the hills of Fiesole, offering brides and their guests a town and country experience that’s truly the best of both worlds. Even though you’re just 15 minutes from downtown, Il Salviatino feels like it’s in total seclusion, and boasts a picture-perfect Italian garden that’s ideal for the ceremony. For the guests, rooms have a contemporary-meets-Tuscan feel, with brightly colored walls and fresh, bedside floral arrangements. Meanwhile, newlyweds will want to take advantage of the Greenhouse Suites, secluded within the property’s gardens and converted from the villa’s original greenhouse and flooded with gorgeous light.
BELMOND HOTEL CARUSO IN RAVELLO
“Belmond Hotel Caruso was originally built in the 11th century as a palace by a patrician Roman family. The present palace was completed in 1600, when much of its ancient splendor and original ornament was restored,” John Spence, president of Scott Dunn USA—which specializes in bespoke tours and travel activities—tells us. Obviously things have changed a bit since then, with the addition of one of the most jaw-dropping infinity pools that will instantly wow any wedding guest. There are also breathtaking terraces with panoramic views of the Italian coast for your cocktail hour, banquet rooms filled with frescoes and gardens of rose bushes, making this one of the dreamiest wedding spots, well, ever.
VILLA D’ESTE IN LAKE COMO
There are few places in the world more romantic or picturesque than Lake Como, and lots of villas and grand hotels hug the beautiful lake for this very reason. But the historic Villa D’Este stands apart with its 25 acres of Renaissance-era gardens chock-full of antiques and sculptures and a floating pool right on the lake. The original 16th-century villa was once home to royalty—in fact, a second mansion on the grounds was built for Caroline of Brunswick, the queen of England in her time. Today, the luxurious resort’s even been A-OK-ed by celebrities like Emily Blunt and John Krasinski, who tied the knot there.
VILLA INGRID IN FLORENCE
Imagine waking up in Tuscany on your wedding day, surrounded by 600 acres of vineyards and olive trees, and taking in breakfast (after all—it’s your wedding day) from your own personal terrace. That’s just a small part of the splendor that is Villa Ingrid, a 15th-century home at the edge of Florence. You can sleep all your VIP guests in one of the villa’s ten traditional Tuscan-appointed rooms, and it even comes complete with a piano salon and formal dining room with views over the grapes—the perfect spot for hosting a rehearsal dinner or even having an intimate wedding celebration with your closest crew.
VILLA DEI D’ARMIENTO IN SANT’AGNELLO, SORRENTO
Basically designed for your intimate affair, Villa Dei D’Armiento has a beach within walking distance, letting you combine a beachside wedding with an Italian villa soiree all in one. After the bridal party spends a day sailing the coast of Sorrento, you can all check in at this 18th-century home, expertly restored to blend the old and new. Guests will gawk at the intricate patterned tile work in each of the rooms before exploring a dreamy oasis outside filled with large palm and fruit-bearing trees. A terrace out front makes for a great spot to entertain your destination wedding guests, as do the pool, gardens and an open-air gallery.